People with great IT Skills and a sense of adventure, a strong sense of responsibility and technical ethics can choose white-cap hacking as their profession. For any organisation today, security is a big concern especially for their confidential matters. These hackers work with different businesses to probe their networks for security holes, vulnerabilities to social engineering, and more, while considering the mindset of someone who might have criminal motivations.

People usually have a misconception associated with the word ‘hacking’. They think it is some kind of a crime but being ethical hackers is not. They are meant for help. Yes, some hackers are there of malicious intent. In the last few decades, there’s been an increasing demand for ethical hackers as they protect the computer systems from dangerous intrusions.

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A wide range of organizations need the expertise of professional hackers to secure data and money, and keep their systems safe.

As internet usage across the globe is tremendously increasing, the demand for loyal and smart hackers is also increasing.

Ethical hackers are technically skilled IT pros with a strong desire to solve problems and prevent malicious hackers from causing damage to network systems.

Skills required

  • You’ll need a strong work ethic, very good problem-solving and communications skills, and the ability to say motivated and dedicated.
  • Ethical hackers also need street smarts, people skills, and even some talent for manipulation, since at times they need to be able to persuade others to disclose credentials, restart or shut down systems, execute files, or otherwise knowingly or unknowingly help them achieve their ultimate goal.
  • You’ll need to master this aspect of the job, which people in the business sometimes call “social engineering,” to become a well-rounded ethical hacker.
  • The job comes with a high sense of responsibility and needs a self-motivated, dedicated person with exceptional ethics.

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An ethical hacker is a computer and network expert who attacks a security system on behalf of its owners (legal), seeking vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could exploit. With the increasing use of the internet, it has become an essential part of IT security industry today.

As black-cap hackers are like monsters for such confidential data, ethical hacking holds a very crucial place for every organisation these days. This work is ethical because it is performed to increase the safety of the computer systems, but only at the request of the company that owns the system and specifically to prevent others from attacking it.

Some famous names in this field

1. Ben Miller, an ethical hacker at Parameter Security.

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2. Ankit Fadia

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Ankit Fadia (born 24 May 1985) is an Indian author, speaker, television host, and self-proclaimed “ethical hacker” of computers, whose skills and ethics have been debated. His work mostly involves OS-based tips and tricks, proxy websites and lifestyle. In 2013, Ankit Fadia started a YouTube show Geek On the Loose, in collaboration with PING networks, where he shared technology-related tips and tricks.

3. Pranav Mistry

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This hacker extraordinaire is also famous for the invention of SixthSense-a technology that’s used by NASA and also the invisible computer mouse-yes, invisible.

Training and education

You can undergo a certificate/ diploma programme in ethical hacking to earn merit over others. Certification courses are offered by organizations like the EC Council and other private organisations.

1.Indian School of Ethical Education

2.Entersoft Information Systems Pvt Limited, Hyderabad

3. Institute of Information Security, Mumbai

4. ARIZONA Infotech, Pune

5. Hacker School, Hyderabad

6. MSS – The Ethical Hacking Institute

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